PR-SF0621-1 - 2021 Safety First, June

The Machine Safety Life Cycle -- A Process for Compliance, Safety and Productivity of Machines

M. Eitzman

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There is a well-defined process to attain both regulatory compliance and an enterprise’s acceptable level of risk in machine safety. Thanks to continuous updates to the global consensus standards, it can be applied to any manufacturing asset in the U.S. and the world. The process, often depicted as five steps, is commonly referred to as the machine safety life cycle. These steps are outlined in this article and should be present, in some form, in company policies and procedures for manufacturing safety for machines. This information can be used as a checklist to compare existing policies and procedures or can provide a framework from which to create them now.

Keywords: Safety